Welcome to Salem United Church of Christ
Living Out God's Love
We are an open and affirming congregation, and our mission is to witness to the word and work of Jesus so all people may know the welcome of God, worship with joy, grow as disciples, live as servants, and enjoy the strength of Christian fellowship.
SALEM WEEKLY NEWS
For September 25, 2020
SUNDAY SCHOOL KICK-OFF . . . September 27
Sunday is the kick off for our Sunday School programs for ALL AGES, children, youth and adults. We are gathering as an intergenerational faith community at 10 am via Zoom. Online readers, please see the end of this Weekly Mailing for the particulars on this Zoom gathering and for instructions on how to connect through Zoom. Be part of Salem's faith community where people of all ages learn from each other, creating relationships and growing in faith together.
THE GOD OF EXODUS
The sermon in this Sunday’s online service ranges through the Book of Exodus to show how God appears in Exodus. This God of yesterday is the God of today, and the particulars lifted up in Exodus are true of God even now. The purpose of a sermon like this is not to survey the contents of an old book but to point to the God whom you can rely upon today in all the mess we are in as people and as a nation. This is practical help for a perilous day. Don’t miss the online services.
Brian Winterle is the witnessing steward in Sunday’s online service. We have heard from George Adams about how we help people know the welcome of God, from Karen Williams about how we help people live as servants, and from Julie Sundby about how we help people worship with joy. Brian will speak to how Salem helps people grow as disciples. The purpose behind this series of witnessing stewards is to tell of Salem’s work and to encourage people to support the work of the church financially by way of a pledge toward our life and mission in 2021. No one can do this important work alone, but we are BETTER TOGETHER.
PARKING LOT SERVICE . . . October 4
We will hold a Parking Lot Service at 10:15 AM on October 4. In a Parking Lot Service attendees will be able to remain in their cars and tune in to the service via FM radio. This service will include live music by the Barry Robinson Chorus and a celebration of the Sacrament of Holy Communion. The Communion elements will not be like those who normally use, but ones specially packaged to allow for safety.
THE GOOD IS NOT THE PERFECT, BUT IT IS GOOD
Please do not let the perfect get in the way of the good. A Parkiing Lot Service is short of the ideal all of us would love to have. But it is simply not wise to gather for worship publically indoors at the present time. Since we have never had a Parking Lot Service before, we can guarantee this one is going to be the best we have ever had. Please give it a chance! And make every effort to attend.
EVENING WORSHIP BY THE FIRESIDE . . . Sunday at 6:30 PM.
Our gatherings have been small, under the 25-person maximum officially in place. Just in case, however, please phone the church (845-7315) or send an email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know if you plan to attend (this will help us safeguard the 25 person maximum).
ZOOM LINK FOR SUNDAY SCHOOL KICK-OFF
This Sunday, September 27th is the first of several Intergenerational Activities that will occur during the upcoming year. We will gather as an intergenerational faith community at 10 am via Zoom, including the kick off for our Sunday School Programs for ALL AGES, children, youth and adults. There will be a Back To School Blessing, a short video about what it is to be a disciple of Jesus and joining God in his purpose to make this world a better place, break out room discussions and an introduction to an intergenerational church wide FAITH5 practice.
Be part of Salem's faith community where people of all ages learn from each other, creating relationships and growing in faith together. If you are have problems with Zoom on Sunday morning, our “tech assistant,” Jon Pundt will be standing by at 608-293-3756 to assist you. For more information, check out the September Newsletter on Salem's website or contact Janet Dahl, email@example.com
9:00AM Sunday School
Our office is open in the mornings on weekdays.
Whether you are looking to renew your relationship with God or just find friends to support you through good times and bad, Salem offers regular services, fellowship, outreach, community service, potluck programs, and musical groups to keep you coming back.